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Banana 'Manzano' Apple Banana (Musa)

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One of our favorite banana varieties! The Apple Banana has a superb, sweet flavor and really does taste just like apples! Fruit is on the smaller size, making it perfect for snacks and smoothies.  This Musa variety is definitely a hold steady; reliable producing a heavy and strong crop.

Apple Banana (aka Manzano) is a seedless diploid that is rendered so by bearing sterile female flowers. It is not produced commercially on large scale but it is usually grown in backyards for family consumption. Its sub-acid flavor is reminiscent of a cross between an apple and a very sweet banana, which make a pleasing combination. Allow it to ripen fully before eating. The plant is quite cold hardy and will not be harmed by temperatures that are close to freezing. If frost forms on its leaves they will turn brown. The Apple Banana tree will grow 12 to 14 feet tall and is mostly green colored with just a light margin of red around the leaf.

Plant Type
Fruit Tree / Evergreen Perennial Herb

Did you know? The banana plant is actually an evergreen perennial herb, not a tree! The large ‘trunk’ is actually a pseudostem, which is made of bulky, leafy layers that emerge and wither over time. 

Harvest Season
Year-round

With good care, bananas will fruit within the first 15-18 months of planting. 

Mature Size
Really varies depending on variety. Some dwarf banana varieties grow only to 2-3 ft where other banana types reach up to 40 ft tall. Banana plants can be grown easily in containers and overwintered indoors if needed.

Banana plants are fast-growing, and prone to reproducing new plants through mini clones known as suckers.

Soil & Moisture
Rich, moist well-drained soil, nitrogen-rich soil, and humid conditions similar to their native areas tropical and subtropical regions. In well-drained soil, bananas can almost never get enough water, sunlight, and nutrients. 

Light Requirements
Full Sun, Part Shade

Self-Fertile
Yes

Growth Rate
Fast

Zone Hardiness
Outdoors 9-11 with frost protection; Patio/Greenhouse 4+

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How to Grow Apple Banana

Plant Type: Tropical Fruiting Plant, Fruit Tree

Harvest Season: 8-14 months

Mature Size: 10-18 ft. tall

Soil & Moisture: Moist, well-draining sandy soil and should be planted higher in a mound. 

Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade, Shade (will not grow as quickly in full shade)

Zone Hardiness: 9-11

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